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Peregrine falcons are one of only two birds that can be found worldwide, except Antarctica. Can you name the other bird?
Union County Falcon Cam
Conserve Wildlife Foundation is happy to partner with Union County to stream this falcon nest live from the roof of the County Courthouse in downtown Elizabeth, New Jersey.
Below was developed to allow Union County Falcon Cam viewers to post comments, questions, and photos about the Union County Courthouse falcons. Please keep any questions or comments on this page related to this particular nest and falcons in New Jersey. Any other posts will be moderated appropriately. Thank you for your participation!
With no activity at the JC eyrie, we'll be writing some brief updates here to summarize events. The first of four eggs laid hatched on April 27 ~ 7:40am. Then the second and third eggs hatched on April 28 and the forth hatched on April 29. Falcons don't incubate until a full clutch is laid and is why they hatch very closely. After hatching they are downy and can see, but need very close parental care. The adult male does the majority of foraging while the female does most of the nest duties (brooding/feeding).
Just yesterday, Kathy Clark/ENSP Supervisory Zoologist aka Mother of all Falcons, visited the UC Courthouse to medicate all young. They were given medication for the treatment of trichomoniasis, which is a disease carried by pigeons that can kill young falcons, one of the main prey items of urban nesting falcons. The young were brought inside where they were medicated and then placed back in the nestbox. The adults were upset, but returned to care for their young once they were placed back in the nestbox. The young will be banded in another couple weeks, when they get to be around 3-4 weeks old. -BW
This Falcon Cam will provide an enriching experience for County residents of all ages, and for online visitors from all over the world.
A pair first attempted to build a nest on the roof of the County Courthouse in 2005, but windy conditions were an obstacle. In 2006 County workers installed a repurposed dog house to provide a wind shield, acting on the guidance of wildlife experts with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Every year until 2015, the same nesting pair has raised chicks in the doghouse since then.
In 2015, this nesting pair had four eggs, beating the statewide average of 2.25 young per active nest. They also hatched all four to achieve a 100 percent success rate, well above the average rate of 71 percent.
However, earlier this year in 2016 a new female took up residence in the nest. Leg bands indicate that she was born in a nest located at Throgs Neck Bridge in New York City in 2010.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation partners with Union County and the NJ DEP on a Peregrine Falcon banding program. Thanks to the partnership, offspring from the County Courthouse pair have been observed around the tri-state region, where they have raised chicks of their own.
The new Falcon Cam live stream includes two cameras. One provides a view of the nest interior and an infrared video image for night time viewing.
A second camera enables observers to track the falcons’ behavior while perched outside of the nest. An audio feed will also be available later this year. With the Falcon Cam, Union County becomes one of only two places in New Jersey with a live peregrine falcon web link. The other web cam is located at a nest in Jersey City and is managed by the biologists of Conserve Wildlife Foundation.
CWF’s Soaring with STEM program educates children about New Jersey’s unique natural resources and the rare wildlife that shares our environment using the Union County Courthouse live falcon web cams as the primary technological learning tool. Through interactive and engaging classroom and assembly presentations, our experienced educators bring wildlife into your school. Students are fascinated to discover that these raptors nest and raise young each year right in their own backyards! Teachers receive structured lessons and interactive activities to address the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3-5. Learning about their wildlife neighbors helps children to connect to their community and teaches children to consider how their everyday actions impact the natural world around them. A special thanks to Phillips 66 for their sponsorship of the Union County Educational programs utilizing the Union County Courthouse Falcon Cam.
Please contact Stephanie DAlessio, CWF Director of Education, for more information on this and other educational programming options.
CWF is offering individual and corporate sponsorships of public outreach and environmental education in Union County centered on the Falcon Cam. CWF seeks to provide educational programs, lesson plans, curriculum development, and educational field trips for schools within Union County.
For more information about CWF's individual and corporate sponsorships, contact Liz Silvernail, CWF Director of Development or use the online form.
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Falcon Cam Sponsoring Contact:
Liz Silvernail, Director of Development: Email
NJ Falcon Project Contact:
Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager: Email
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CWF is offering individual and corporate sponsorships of public outreach and environmental education in Union County centered on the Falcon Cam. Contact Liz Silvernail, CWF Director of Development, for more information!
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